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Call Me Kuchu: The Powerful Story of LGBT Activism in Uganda

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Call Me Kuchu is a powerful and charged documentary that chronicles the work of David Kato, the first man to live openly in Uganda and an LGBT equality pioneer in a country that is now considering a bill that would result in the death penalty for some gay people.

In January 2011, his activism cost Kato his life – he was brutally beaten to death in his home. Check out the trailer for the film:

Extremist American evangelicals – Lou Engle and Scott Lively chief among them – played a central role in stirring up animosity against LGBT people in the run-up to the drafting of the country’s infamous “Kill the Gays” legislation. Uganda offers an extreme example of how the demonization of LGBT people can have real and tragic consequences across a society.

There’s a screening of the Call Me Kuchu here in D.C. at American University tomorrow at 5:30pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Learn more about the film.

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